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36 temporarily free and 48 on-sale apps and games for Friday

Welcome to Friday, everyone. The end of the work-week is finally here, which means it's time once again to check out all of the app and game sales currently available on the Google Play Store. Today's list is a long one, with more than a few notable apps, and a slew of quality games, such as Meteorfall: JourneysRiver Legends, and Out There: Ω Edition (which just received a significant content update, so make sure you don't miss out on this sale). As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 36 temporarily free and 48 on-sale apps and games for the end of the week.

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Hulu rolling out like/dislike buttons to improve recommendations (Update: Available)

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Telegram 5.14 adds multiple-answer and quiz polls (APK Download)

Telegram is a messaging app jam-packed with features, but it isn't resting on its laurels. A new version of the app includes reworked options for creating polls, allowing people to create multiple-answer polls and quizzes.

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Samsung Messages might get native Google Duo integration

Out of all the messaging and communication apps Google published, Duo has arguably become one of the most successful and widely known one. It comes as no surprise that the company is trying to spread the video telephony app even further after integrating it into its Messages service and OnePlus' Phone app. Samsung appears to be the next partner in Google's quest to intertwine Duo with more OEM software.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming beta comes to Canada on January 29 (Update)

Google hasn't announced Stadia in a vacuum; game streaming services have been in the works for years, with varying degrees of success. The technology to provide virtually lag-free, high-end graphics over miles of cables and Wi-Fi networks has only recently become robust enough. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Microsoft on Tuesday announced the public preview of its own remote gaming service xCloud, available starting next month.

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Popular email client Spark lets you customize notifications per account — with pizzazz

Spark, the popular email client, made its way to Android back in April. Since then, it received further improvements with the addition of a dark mode in November. Now, the company behind the app, Readdle, is introducing customizable notifications per account, to help you differentiate between emails that require your immediate attention and those that can wait.

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Facebook's dark mode on Android starts showing up for some (Update: Testing for more users)

As more and more apps are adding a dark theme, some outliers have started to stand out with their lighter colors and designs. Facebook is one of these, but we've known for a while that the service would soon implement it. It's already rolled it out to the Messenger app, the Facebook website, and is now starting to test it on Android.

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Google Drive is now available as a Progressive Web App

Chrome apps are almost dead, but the idea of apps via PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) lives on. Google Drive is the latest Google service to pick up a PWA, following YouTube Music and Google Photos on its trip through the future. It's not a game-changing experience, but it can make interacting with your cloud-stored files in Drive feel a little bit more native, and it offers Drive users an app-like option now that the era of Chrome Apps is just about over.

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Google finally lets you share and collaborate on bookmarks, hides the feature somewhere you won't find

For years now, I've lamented the lack of an easy way to share and collaborate on bookmarks in Google Chrome, which would streamline researching and saving relevant webpages for any couple, family, group of friends, or colleagues. Unfortunately, the option was available in 2015 but was later removed never to surface again. Given Google's prowess at making much more complicated things shareable, like Play Store family purchases or Drive documents, it was and still is surprising that Chrome doesn't support collaboration. But Google has just added a way to collaborate on bookmarks, you just won't suspect where it's located: the Google search app's Collections.

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15 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for Wednesday

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone. Today marks the middle of the week, and usually, Wednesday is the slower day for sales, though I still have a few standouts to share today, such as Game Dev Story and Burly Men at Sea. As always, I've highlighted the more interesting titles in bold to make discovery easier. So without further ado, here are 15 temporarily free and 30 on-sale apps and games for the middle of the week.

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